Feeling helpless about climate change? Here’s what you can do (to save money, too!)
In the face of overwhelming but completely understandable climate anxiety, it’s time to get proactive. So roll up your sleeves: let’s see what you can do.
In the face of overwhelming but completely understandable climate anxiety, it’s time to get proactive. So roll up your sleeves: let’s see what you can do.
The new year brings with it new opportunities to save money on your regular household expenditure, including your energy bill. While the summer heat of January often means switching on the aircon and fans to keep cool, it’s also the perfect time to check that you’re not spending more than you need to.
Supporting Australia’s transition towards cleaner energy can be as simple as installing solar panels on your rooftop and reaping the financial benefits of producing your own power. If you’re a renter the process isn’t quite as simple, but there are ways around the fact you don’t own your rooftop.
December is here, and homes around Australia and the world are putting up their Christmas trees and decorations in time for the holiday season. As your home sparkles, you might find yourself wondering how these lights add up on your energy bill and we’re here to tell you.
While Elon Musk’s electric vehicle company Tesla is known for its cars and Cybertrucks, the company is also a player in the household energy game. Tesla offers a solar panel and battery system, which in keeping with the company’s style are sleek and efficient in design and performance.
With a rise in solar panels and other renewable energy sources, virtual power plants are growing in popularity around Australia as more communities take charge of their own power.
Green hydrogen is a growing industry, with billions of dollars of investment in what has been described as a “fuel of the future”. But as the clean energy transition continues around the world, where does green hydrogen fit into the picture?
The Victorian Default Offer (VDO) is an electricity price set by the Essential Services Commission (ESC) in the state, in order to provide Victorians with access to a fair energy deal.
The term electricity reference price is often mentioned in advertising material for energy companies as they advertise their plans to customers. While providers will compare their own rates to this reference price, what you may be asking is what is it exactly and how does it affect my energy bill. Here are the answers.
Finding the right energy plan can help you cut down the costs you pay for power usage throughout the home. But with a number of factors influencing which provider will best suit you, it can be quite confronting making a switch.
With energy providers flocking to clean power initiatives, carbon offset programs have seen a rise in population. While they differ from bringing renewable energy into your household or taking part in a GreenPower program, carbon offsetting is an efficient way to cut down on the emissions of your home.
Water heating is a fairly large cost on most household energy bills, accounting for up to 30% on average. While we’ve previously written some tips to cut down on the cost of hot water, installing a solar hot water system could dramatically decrease the amount you spend on home energy.
If you’ve ever taken a good look at your energy bill, you may have noticed that in months you’ve used a lot of hot water your cost will increase quite sharply. Water heating accounts for around 30% of the average household bill, but for something only warming up our water why is the cost so high?
A lot of people tend to receive their energy bill, pay it and wait for the next one to roll around without putting too much thought into what they’ve just received. While this may be perfectly fine for some people, it may see others paying for more energy than they’ve used while driving up the price of your energy bill.
Using green energy in your home can be quite confusing as it’s hard to find information about where your energy is sourced, unless you’re producing your own solar.
Australia is a world-leader in solar uptake, with 30% of Aussie homes creating their own power from panels on their rooftop by the end of 2021.
Energy bills tend to come in one round number that we don’t look into much further. Taking a deeper dive into just where these costs are coming from, however, can help save money and bring those energy bills down.
The cold winter months often see a rise in the cost of our energy bills as Aussies around the country try to stay warm. With heating and cooling accounting for 40% of our household energy bills, finding an efficient way to get your home warm without sacrificing comfort is key to cutting down those costs this winter.
Whether or not you like to keep up with international news, it would have been hard to miss what went down in Texas last week. But just in case you haven’t, the US state was randomly hit with a massive cold snap, now recognised as ‘the big freeze’. As a result, power plants were frozen, cutting off electricity supply to many households. Texas has a highly deregulated energy market, where customers choose their electricity provider between a set of scores. And many of these retailers charge electricity at wholesale prices that fluctuate in sync with demand. So, once the ‘big freeze hit’, households who had access to electricity found themselves with energy bills that were hitting $US1,000 a day ($1,289 AUD).How did this happen you may be asking? Well, many experts are arguing poor preparation and planning on behalf of the retailers. While Australia doesn’t get snow storms, you might be wondering what energy regulation looks like in your state and whether something like the Texas big freeze could occur down under. So without further ado, check out our guide to understanding energy regulation.
Managing demand while keeping energy prices low has been an ongoing issue for the national energy market (NEM) over the years. In August last year, the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) proposed a new scheme that had the potential to tackle both concerns, called the ‘wholesale demand response’.
It might surprise you to know that hydropower is one of the oldest forms of renewable energy in the world. In fact, according to some experts, hydropower dates back to ancient Greece where it was used to grind grains.
From young families to retirees, no Tasmanian household is the same. But if there’s one thing some of us might have in common, it’s keeping up with soaring energy bills. And if this is a familiar feeling in your home, it could be worth looking into government energy rebates to help you manage your expenses.
Staying on top of your finances can be a common struggle for many Aussie households. If you’re in South Australia and keeping up with your energy bills is causing ongoing financial stress, it could be worth looking into the energy concessions that are offered in your state.
No matter where you live in Australia, managing your energy bills can sometimes feel impossible. If you’re an Aussie living in Queensland, there are a few government energy rebates you may be eligible for, which can help cover some of your energy costs.
Financial hardship can strike at any time in any Australian household. And if your family is experiencing a high level of financial stress, paying regular expenses like your energy bill, can almost seem impossible.
We all need a little bit of help every now and then, even when it comes to our energy bills. And while your energy provider can provide financial assistance by placing you on a financial hardship plan, it’s generally a temporary measure until you get back on your feet.
While financial stress can feel like an alienating experience, research shows it’s a lot more common than you think.
If there’s one thing that’s tricky to keep up with, it’s the energy market. With the introduction of a default market offer (DMO) back in 2019, Aussies around the country were introduced to a brand new set of changes to help them better compare energy prices.
Hardship policies refer to the programs put in place by energy retailers to assist customers struggling to pay their bills. But recent concerns around the fairness of these policies have prompted the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) to investigate further.
Did you know that according to Origin Energy, wind energy is the second biggest contributor to Australia’s renewable energy supply? Or that it supplied 5.7% of Australia’s overall electricity in 2017?
Gas prices around Australia have been on the rise and if you’re looking to save on your household bills, switching gas suppliers could be a great way to getting some extra cash for life’s more enjoyable things like a night out at the movies or dinner out with the family.
While reading your latest energy bill, did you experience any of the following symptoms — Confusion? Heart palpitations? Cold sweating? Anger? If so, you have suffered a classic case of bill shock, otherwise known as the negative reaction you get when you receive a bill that is unexpectedly high. And unfortunately, there has been a dramatic increase in cases of bill shock in Australia.
Renewable energy continues to rise as a method of powering homes, businesses and the world as we shift towards sustainable forms of power. From large-scale government investments to smart bins, renewable energy innovations are all around us and the uptake of green power continues to increase across Australia and the globe.
More than two million Aussie households have solar panels installed in their home, making it quite a common way to source residential electricity. If you think your household might make the solar switch, there are a few things you’ll need to get your head around.
Do you find it annoying when you’re trying to read your energy bills to understand how you spent all that money on electricity only to get stuck at the confusing terminology?
No one wants to experience bill shock but everyone knows that there are times of the year (e.g. Summer and Winter) when your gas and electricity bills are going to be higher than at other times of the year. Many people choose to set aside extra money for their energy bills in these peak times, but for some people on a fixed income finding an extra $50 or $100 isn’t so easy.
In an ideal world, it’s possible that you and your energy provider have a great relationship and you never need to register a complaint. But, just in case there is trouble in paradise, it’s a good idea to know how to complain to your energy retailer.
If you are building a new home or thinking about installing a solar system on your existing property, you’ll need to get your head around solar and renewable energy FAQ. A useful term to begin with is feed-in tariff. This is the rate paid for the electricity that is pumped back into the power grid from a designated renewable energy source like your rooftop solar panel system.
Have you been wondering what a smart energy meter is and how it can impact your electricity bills? While it may seem a bit confusing at first, smart meter technology is quite useful and can help you manage your energy account better. In this digital meter guide, we've got answers for some of the most frequently asked questions about the technology so you can understand exactly what to expect from a digital billing cycle.
Have you just received your electricity bill and decided it was time you switched electricity companies? You’re not alone. Thousands of Australians fight back against rising electricity bills each year by comparing the electricity plans available in their area and switching to save money.
Here in Australia, unfortunately there isn’t one standard price for energy across the country so finding the best energy deal can be difficult (or at least very time consuming) as you need to compare hundreds of plans from the energy providers that service your area. How much your electricity and gas services will cost depends on a number of things from where you live to the type of meter you’ve got installed at your premises.
Getting your energy connected when moving into a new house can be something that slips to the back of your mind with all the different things that need taking care of simultaneously. From finding the perfect house in the perfect location, booking a removal company, packing up your things, cancelling services at your old address and setting up connections at the new address moving home means a whole lot on your plate.
These days, you can barely get through the day without hearing about aging power plants and sky-high electricity bills. While both Federal and State governments are doing their bit to ensure that we all get a better electricity deal , we could still all do with a quick refresher on electricity plan basics.
Retail electricity prices were deregulated in South East Queensland from 1 July 2016. But what does this really mean for households in the Sunshine State and how is it going to affect your electricity bills?
Energy plans are like shoes. One type doesn’t fit all. Just because something works for your neighbours, doesn’t mean it would for you too. That’s why, it’s important to understand which electricity and gas products are available and find the ones that are best suited to your home.
If you’re living in a rental property or you are about to move into a new rental pad and aren’t sure if you can switch to that awesome cheap energy deal you just saw online, you’ve reached the right place. In this tell-all guide, the Mozo energy experts address some of the most common questions about switching electricity and gas plans for renters.
According to the Clean Energy Council, more than 3 million Australian households use solar energy to power their homes. And as renewable energy continues to grow in popularity, it’s almost certain the number of solar installations is also set to climb.
As winter approaches and it starts to get cooler, you’ll notice you use more energy to keep your home warm. The cost of this additional energy can add up and get quite expensive but if you follow the tips by our Mozo experts, you can reduce your usage and save money on your energy bills!Read More
Natural gas is used by many Australians around the home for cooking, heating and preparing water. As a major part of your energy bill, it's important to keep an eye on what might be affecting the bottom line, especially as prices could be creeping up. Conflict in Europe has led to further speculation over the future of gas prices in Australia.In Europe and Asia the disruption to normal supply has meant that the price for natural gas has skyrocketed to record-breaking levels. Gas has become increasingly expensive for both domestic and industrial uses.Read More
The billionaire behind tech company Atlassian and part-owner of the South Sydney Rabbitohs has shocked the nation with the news that he would lead a group in bid to acquire AGL energy.The move occurred in the afternoon of Sunday the 20th of February, with AGL announcing to the world that it had rejected the unsolicited offer, worth approximately $8bn in cash. After initially throwing cold water on the idea, spokesmen for the Energy company have since come out and clarified that the offer was seen as a lowball - offering nearly no premium on the price of shares.The AGL board determined that: “the Unsolicited Proposal materially undervalues the company on a change of control basis and is not in the best interests of AGL Energy shareholders.”Cannon-Brookes is already invested significantly in green electricity, his portfolio includes stake in a solar farm project in the Northern Territory, and renewables enterprise Genex. His ambitious plan to buy AGL would supposedly see Australia’s largest energy company achieve a net-zero carbon rating by 2030, just under eight years from now.Read More